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PHPY 5005Q: Fundamentals of Human Physiology
Spring 2020 - January 6, 2020 to April 20, 2020
Mondays, 2: 00 PM to 5: 00 PM
This course will provide students with an understanding of: (1) general physiological principles (i.e. body organization, cellular communication, neural and hormonal control, function of individual cells), (2) regulation and function of major body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal and endocrine) and (3) the integration of these systems in the maintenance of homeostasis of the human body. The concepts presented in this course are essential to biomedical research and to the diagnosis of human disease.
Upon completion of the course, each student will be able to:
This course is a lecture-based course. Lectures are scheduled to be held in the Medical Science Building (Room TBD). Attendance at lectures is VOLUNTARY.
FACULTY AND STAFF
The course is presented by the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. Dr. Andrew Thomas is chairman of the department. The course director is Dr. Krista Blackwell and Ms. Victoria Vera
[firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 972-4461] is the administrative assistant for the course. The contact information for the course faculty is listed below. A student seeking individual assistance in any matter relating to the course content is encouraged to make an appointment with the appropriate faculty member. All administrative and grading concerns should be directed to the course director.
The MOODLE course website is an essential part of the Fundamentals of Human Physiology course. The link for the course website is http://moodle.rutgers.edu/. The Moodle website for the course contains pertinent course materials (course syllabus with grading and remediation policies, reading assignments, lecture slides, etc.). In addition, Moodle will also contain information related to the administration and operation of the course, i.e. the class calendar, exam schedule and procedures, room assignments and other course-related matters. Course announcements, including procedures for inclement weather or other emergencies, will be displayed in the announcement box/news feed on the MOODLE homepage.
There is NO REQUIRED textbook for the course. Many of the lectures are based on chapters from different books. Therefore, the RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK for the course is: Physiology: Linda S. Costanzo, 5th edition (2013).
There are additional Physiology Textbooks (on reserve or available through the George Smith Library):
EVALUATION METHODS & COURSE GRADING
All course quizzes and exams will be administered through the ExamSoft Software. Additional information regarding ExamSoft requirements and software downloads will be available on the Moodle website for the course.
Quizzes: There will be one quiz for each of the areas covered in the human physiology course. There are a total of 6 quizzes, each being equivalent to 5% of the total weighted average. These quizzes may be short answer, calculations or multiple choice format.
Midterm and Final Exams: These exams are multiple-choice examinations based on material presented in the lectures and textbook readings. For the midterm and final exam, each exam will be equivalent to 35% of the total weighted average.
Estimation of Weighted Course Average Exam/Quizzes
Final grades are assigned based on the student’s course average where:
A grade of A will be assigned for a course average > 90%.
A grade of B+ will be assigned for a course average > 80%.
A grade of B will be assigned for a course average >70%.
A grade of C+ will be assigned for a course average > 65%.
A grade of C will be assigned for a course average > 60%.
Any student, whose course average falls below the C grade level, will receive a grade of F in the course.
GSBS CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Students are obligated to abide by the terms of the GSBS Code of Professional Conduct. All students have a fundamental responsibility for maintaining academic integrity and intellectual honesty in their academic and professional endeavors. They are expected to observe generally accepted principles of scholarly work, to submit their own rather than another's work, to refrain from falsifying data, to acknowledge the published work of others in an appropriate manner, and to refrain from receiving or giving aid during examinations or other work requiring independent effort. When submitting written material, students take full responsibility for the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments and imply that both the ideas and words used are their own. All students are expected to respect the property of faculty and other students, and not use the supplies or equipment of others without permission.
ABSENCE FROM COURSE QUIZZES AND EXAMS
GSBS has issued a MISSED EXAM POLICY for students enrolled in their programs. Below are the valid excuses for missing a quiz or exam in this course (verbatim from the GSBS Exam Policy):
1) Significant illness, with official note by doctor, which must include a valid reason for missing the exam. The doctor’s note cannot result from a remote (online) diagnosis. NOTE: Illness prior to the exam ("didn’t have time to study") does not constitute a valid excuse, although exceptions can be given by the GSBS Associate Dean of Student Affairs if the prior illness has been severe or lengthy.
2) Death in the immediate family (parents, siblings, children, grandparents, aunts/uncles, niece or nephew, sister-in-law or brother-in-law, parents-in-law, first-cousins). Verification, with dates, is required, but this can be a newspaper announcement, event (e.g. wake) announcement, etc.
3) Medical/dental school interview, in which the interview or unavoidable travel overlaps with the exam. Copy of the invitation letter.
4) Presentation at a meeting. Proof of attendance required.
5) More than two final exams on the same day. (NOTE: An exam should not be rescheduled for an individual with two exams on the same day). If a student has more than two exams on the same day, they will need to contact the GSBS Associate Dean of Student Affairs, who will contact the course directors about allowing the student to take one of the exams on a different day. The vast majority of schools across the country, including Rutgers New Brunswick, allow up to two final exam in the same day.
6) Permission of GSBS Associate Dean of Students Affairs, with consultation of course-director. This will be rare, but is meant to account for valid, but unforeseen circumstances.
Each of these reasons will require some form of documentation to be submitted to verify the absence.
If you are going to miss any quiz or exam, contact Dr. Blackwell at email@example.com, not the other lecturers in the course. It is the sole responsibility of the course director to administer the exams or handle any student related issues